I've been feeling like I wasn't allowed to blog this month until I got this post written. And then I put it off and put it off and here I am. I've loved focusing on a new grown up goal every month, I really have. I've been able to get parts of my life in order that I definitely would have avoided otherwise or felt too overwhelmed to accomplish all at once. But as each month flies by, I'm finding myself just getting into the goal before I have to come up with the next one.
Away from the blog, I've thought a lot about how I need to go about revisiting these goals. No one becomes emotionally wealthy in a month, masters budgeting in a month, or perfectly curates their home in a month. The point of setting goals is to get you on track. I feel like I've been more proactive this year than any previous because of my monthly goal setting, but I also wonder what I'll actually have accomplished at the end of twelve months.
I think I wanted to take a minute to publicly say that none of these goals have been packaged up and put away as the month has ended. When August 1 showed up, I was a more active member in Texas politics, but my civic duty isn't over just because the special session and the month ended.
However, there are some grown up goals that I know I want to work on each month through the end of the year that I will continue to share, just as I have been. The goal I wanted to focus on this month will have to wait until at least September because it's just too darn hot outside. I also have some grown up goal related things I want to share with y'all, but the time isn't right yet and I want to wait to see how things go over the next couple of months before I speak too soon.
For August, I think my goal is to feel inspired. I started off the month with Texas Style Council. After the blogging conference, I felt amazing and empowered. I met all of these incredible women and I fully immersed myself in the experience. I expected to come home and feel super inspired to write tons of blog posts about a whole plethora of things. And then I didn't really. I felt awesome, but not inspired. I wanted to have lists of ideas and content-invention strategies, but I didn't really come away with that. So I'm going to do it now!
I used to love making collages out of my Teen Vogue magazines and make happy lists and listen to new music. It's been way too long since I really felt connected to a song or did a craft with my hands or looked at colors without any words. During the month of August, I want to make inspiration boards, both physical and online. I want to do a craft; maybe try painting again. I want to make a mix CD or burn a whole album to a disc to listen to in my car. I want to buy magazines and flip through them with my fingers. Even planning my inspirational journey for the month is making my heart do flips, so I know I'm hungry for it.
What are your favorite things to do when you're feeling drained of inspiration?